The European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 came into effect from 30 June 2018. The Regulations included access to the labour market for eligible international protection applicants. The Regulations provide access to both employment and to self-employment.
I can inform the Deputy that as of the 14 November 2019, a total of 5,027 applications for access to the labour market were received by my Department. 1,452 applications were refused, while 3,438 applications for a labour market access permission have been granted.
I can inform the Deputy that, based on the returned declaration forms received to date, a total of 1,708 applicants have indicated they have commenced employment or self-employment, of which 1,208 are living in accommodation provided by the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS).
As the employer or applicant has 21 days from the time they take up employment or self-employment to return the declaration form, there is likely to be a time lag between the actual date of commencement of employment and my Department being notified of same.